In a court ruling a judge has denied the request by Mann's attorney to block Governor Deal's investigation. As a reminder, Dekalb County Sheriff was cited last month on criminal charges.
The legal argument presented to the judge to compel a judicial block of the investigation is based on part of the violation type. The lawyer argued that an investigation of this type were proper for criminal charges and not local ordiances. The charges given to Mann were local ordinances.
The charges allege that Mann was pleasuring himself in a sexy area of Piedmont Park. An tTlanta Police Officer stated that he witnessed a black male fondling himself in a vehicle. The suspect then left the vehicle and removed his pants and began fondling himself fully. The officer then turned on his flashlight and identified himself as a police officer. The report further alleges that Mann proceed to run and not stop when directed by the officer.
Mann's attorney argued, in part, that Mann was not on-duty at the time of the alleged incident and statue O.C.G.A 15-16-26 spells out and defines "…while in office". Mann's Attorney also argued that it would be similar to walking a dog without a leash. Some speculate not having that on a leash probably led to this issue in the first place.
The Sheriff of Dekalb is under two investigations. The one challenged in court was a special investigation called for by the Governor of Georgia. The panel includes State Attorney Chris Carr, Newton Sheriff Ezell Brown and Peach County Sheriff (and president of the Georgia Sheriff's Association) were appointed by Governor Deal to investigate the matter. Their findings could include a recommendation for a 90 day suspect. It is unclear if the week suspension that Sheriff Mann imposed on himself would count as time-served, leaving roughly 83 days if so imposed.
The second investigation is by the POST Council. The council could remove POST certification rendering the Sheriff ineligible to serve. Read the following linked articles previously covering those details.
Stay tuned as this story continues to have a hands-on approach. What are your thoughts? Since the Sheriff violated a local ordinance while on "his own time" is this investigation impractical? Should there even be an investigation?Channel : NetNewsJournalsGeorgia.sm NetNewsCatster: Nicholas Honeycutt